The operator of a fictitious website that claims to supply contract killer companies has spent a number of years alerting authorities to would-be shoppers looking to snuff out their family members or enemies, saying it has turn into a “personal mission.” 

“Rent-A-Hitman” claims to be run by somebody named “Guido Fanelli” however is in actuality operated by Bob Ines, a California man who notifies authorities of the lethal inquiries he receives. The web site claims to supply “customizable solutions for every situation” and has fake shopper testimonials from individuals who beforehand skilled points with disgruntled workers and dishonest husbands. 

Ines advised Fox News he began the positioning in 2005 as half of a failed cyber-security start-up. In 2008, after failing to promote the area title, he checked the website’s inbox and noticed 250 to 300 emails from folks world wide in search of hitman inquiries, jobs and even a date, he mentioned. 


Fake testimonials for Rent-a-Hitman services.

Fake testimonials for Rent-a-Hitman companies.
(Courtesy of Rent-A-Hitman)

His first actual case concerned a British woman who claimed to be stranded in Canada and wished three members of the family killed as a result of they bilked her out of an inheritance, he mentioned. 

“That was really the first thing that prompted me to do something serious with the website,” Ines mentioned. “It’s a $9.20 website that saves lives. It’s become kind of a personal mission at this point.”

Another request in 2018 concerned a Virginia man who wished his ex-girlfriend and her dad and mom killed. He additionally wished her toddler daughter kidnapped so he may elevate her as his personal, Ines mentioned. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail. 

Despite being featured in news articles, together with Rolling Stone, folks proceed to fall for the ruse. 

“I don’t think my clientele reads the news or watches the news. I think they’re hell-bent on causing harm to others,” Ines mentioned. “It’s been that way for years. People still submit service requests. It’s amazing.”

Wendy Wein, 51, allegedly tried to contract a hitman on the "Rent-A-Hitman" website to kill her ex-husband, prosecutors said. 

Wendy Wein, 51, allegedly tried to contract a hitman on the “Rent-A-Hitman” website to kill her ex-husband, prosecutors mentioned. 
(Monroe County jail)

One of his most up-to-date shoppers pleaded responsible earlier this month to allegedly making an attempt to rent a hitman via the website to kill her ex-husband. Wendy Wein, a 52-year-old Michigan resident, admitted to solicitation to commit homicide and unlawful use of a laptop to facilitate a crime and faces 9 years in jail. 

Like many who got here earlier than her, Wein stuffed out a service request type to assist her with an “issue.” Ines contacted authorities, who investigated the case. While assembly up with an undercover state trooper posing as a hitman, Wein allegedly provided to pay him $5,000 to rub out her former partner, who lives in one other state. 

“I’ve never talked to him, by the way, but I hope he’s well,” Ines mentioned of the ex-husband. 

Wein allegedly offered the undercover trooper an upfront cost for journey bills, the Michigan State Police mentioned on the time of her July 2020 arrest. 


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As half of a last-chance effort, Ines mentioned he all the time offers his so-called shoppers the choice to again out earlier than issues get severe. Even if they do not, his website comprises a number of purple flags that ought to give anybody pause earlier than shifting ahead with a plan that might lead to demise and jail time. 

At the underside of the positioning is a declare that the enterprise is not affiliated with the Diners Club, rapper Kanye West, Alec Baldwin, who by accident shot and killed a employee on a New Mexico film set in October and Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of killing two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin final yr, due to “contractual restrictions.

A hyperlink asking customers if their bank card quantity has been stolen leads again to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3. The website additionally boasts that the corporate has 17,985 operatives within the United States — the quantity of police businesses nationwide, Ines mentioned.

The website says it complies with HIPPA, the “Hitman Information Privacy & Protection Act of 1964,” which does not exist, and is a play on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, an precise federal legislation that created nationwide requirements to defend delicate affected person well being info. 

The operator of Rent-A-Hitman alerts authorities to inquiries from those trying to harm others. 

The operator of Rent-A-Hitman alerts authorities to inquiries from these making an attempt to hurt others. 
(Courtesy of Rent-A-Hitman)

The website has prevented greater than 130 murders, Michigan authorities mentioned. Wein faces up to 9 years in jail when she is sentenced in January.